Free speech and the court of public opinion: let the people decide   Leave a comment

This article was first published in Feb 2010 for the Free Society

The shocking thing about the John Terry case is not that Terry cheated on his wife with another player’s then-girlfriend. It is not even that his lover allegedly aborted their child. What is shocking is that Terry was able to gag the press using a ‘super-injunction’ from reporting on his story. How did it come to be that a very rich individual, some lawyers and a High Court judge acquired the power to rule on what the press can publish and by extension what the public can read? This is a dangerous trend which undermines free speech and adult rationality, the basis of our democracy.

The rest of this article can be found here: http://www.thefreesociety.org/Issues/Free-Speech/free-speech-and-the-court-of-public-opinion-let-the-people-decide

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Posted February 4, 2011 by suzydean in Freedom

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